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  • June 5, 2003

    The Believer

    A reader knowing nothing of the 1990s might well come away from Sidney Blumenthal’s lengthy account of The Clinton Wars with the impression that for eight years, Bill and Hillary Clinton

    Tom Wicker

  • May 29, 2003

    The Unrepentant Modernist

    Near the end of Parallels and Paradoxes, a recent collection of dialogues on music and society between the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony

    Russell Platt

  • May 29, 2003

    The Liar

    Steal this book.

    Emily Nussbaum

  • May 1, 2003

    The Intuitionist

    Writers write by trying to find out what it is they’re writing.

    E.L. Doctorow

  • March 20, 2003

    Against the Genetic Grain

    I first heard of Jon Beckwith in the mid-1970s, in a question framed by my genetics professor: Why would anyone willfully disrupt a research program designed to collect useful information on hu

    Jonathan Marks


  • February 14, 2003

    What Are They Reading?

    Though there have been scattered signs of renewed interest in Dwight Macdonald–a biography in 1994, a collection of letters in 2002–all but a fraction of his own writing molders unattended in

    Jonathan Shainin

  • February 6, 2003

    Genet’s Palestinian Revolution

    This essay will appear as an introduction in New York Review Books’ new edition of Prisoner of Love (February 2003).

    Ahdaf Soueif

  • December 5, 2002

    Who Will Tell the People?

    Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers is Daniel Ellsberg’s story of his personal journey from being in the early 1960s a “dedicated cold warrior” who supported America’s e

    David Rudenstine

  • November 14, 2002

    Atop the Volcano

    Gioconda Belli–poet, novelist, society belle reborn as Sandinista comrade–has written a memoir of the Nicaraguan struggle that reads like a romance–a romance with politics and revolution, ce

    Anderson Tepper

  • October 31, 2002

    Taslima’s Pilgrimage

    “A war was about to start. Knots of wide-eyed people gathered in courtyards, in open fields, on street corners….

    Meredith Tax